Whether you or a loved one has experienced limb loss or is about to, it can be frightening, overwhelming and confusing. Each year here at the Limbless Association, our team support many amputees and their families to navigate the multiple and complex challenges of limb loss, here and now as well as looking to the future.
As a user-led charity, we know how tough this can be.
Everything we do is informed and shaped by our members, volunteers and service user voices. You’ve told us that there needs to be clearer and more comprehensive support and information to support the individual and their loved ones, especially in the early days and months following amputation (and pre-amputation).
We’ve listened and developed the Training To Be An Amputee programme. We believe that being better-informed leads to improved recovery and rehabilitation outcomes.
What is Training To Be An Amputee?
Training To Be An Amputee is an online programme of support sessions that will provide information, help and guidance about the recovery and rehabilitation pathway for amputees. Those attending will learn more about the additional support available and hear from experts on key topics including, adaptations, welfare rights, mental health and physical wellbeing, the clinical rehabilitation pathway and living life beyond limb loss.
Who should attend Training To Be An Amputee?
Training To Be An Amputee is primarily for newer amputees, pre and post-amputation, families and carers. We know that it can be a difficult time for all concerned and all are welcome.
As a more established amputee, you might be keen to join some of the sessions where certain topics are relevant and of interest. We’d love to see you there.
In terms of continuous learning or as someone new to the sector, if you’re a clinician who would like to join you’d be very welcome too.
Who will be delivering Training To Be An Amputee?
Training To Be An Amputee will be hosted by some of our Outreach Team members who are also amputees. They will also be joined by several of our Volunteer Visitors – peer support volunteers.
A range of experts will present on key topics and are ready to support you with your questions. You will be amongst those who understand, personally and professionally.
How will Training To Be An Amputee be delivered?
Training To Be An Amputee is an 8-week programme that will be delivered online from 11.30am until 1pm on Mondays beginning on 20th February 2023. Full programme dates and registration link can be found here.
Do I need to attend all Training To Be An Amputee sessions?
If you’re new to the world of limb loss, we strongly recommend trying to attend all sessions to get the most out of the programme. However, we know this won’t always be possible so just sign up for those you’re able to attend or register for the whole course and let us know nearer the time if you’re unable to attend the odd session. For those able to complete the whole course, there will be a Certificate of Completion awarded.
What subjects will I learn about?
See the full programme listing here.
How will Training To Be An Amputee help me?
Training To Be An Amputee aims to ensure that those attending have a better understanding of what to do now to have more control over their own pathway as well as looking to the future to live their best lives beyond limb loss. There’ll be an opportunity to connect with those who are going through similar challenges and gain information and advice from experts, clinical, agency and established prosthetics service users.
You will be supported in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
What support can I get if I’m not confident in connecting online or have no experience?
The LA team are here to support you. We can support with one to one and will also be running group digital access sessions so please give us a call to find out more.
How can I sign up for the course?
Register here. We’ll ask you a few questions about your situation and ask you to complete a short survey that will enable us to further understand your needs and better support you.